4 Ways to Survive Thanksgiving

Pinterest  has some of the best memes regarding this national holiday of thanks – and many of them involve the number of drinks it takes to survive Thanksgiving… a.k.a. a few days cloistered with family. I do love a nice mimosa, but this morning, my drink of choice is coffee with my sister-in-law’s favorite creamer, Dunkin Donuts Extra Extra. 

No matter what your holiday plans – working a holiday shift because of the bonus pay, traveling to spend time with relatives, staying home and missing your grandhchildren, or hanging out with friends watching the Macy’s Day Parade, we wish you a wonderful day and share four ways to survive maximize Thanksgiving.

4 Ways to Survive Thanksgiving

1: Games

The game of choice continuing from last night is billiards. The same table that Justin taught me on fourteen years ago is the same table that our nine-year-old is learning on. I will shamelessly admit that I ran the table last night, beating my husband, brother-in-law, son, and nephew. Aaaaand bow.

We do have an assortment of games, including Bananagrams, Boggle, and Mille Bourne (personal fave). Justin’s brother brought over the PS4, so games include the board and electronic varities.

2: Movies

There’s a reason theaters release awesome movies around Thanksgiving week. If you need to get away for a while, a movie is a great way to enjoy a family outing….or escape any madness. Movies are also great for cuddling up to your sweetheart and provide an hour or two respite from children mayhem.

The beauty of silence while snacking. Which brings me to…

3: Food

Hello cookies, pies, cakes, stuffing, potatoes, casseroles and all sorts of wonderful things. This is a carb-heavy holiday. If your hands are busy in the kitchen, you are auto-excused from any drama that may unfold. You also get to taste-test your way through the meal before it hits the table. Win-win. Diets don’t count during the holidays. Win-win-win.

4: Drink

While I’m not endorsing drunken carousing, a little bit of rum in the egg nog or Kahlua in the coffee can definitely take the edge off and keep frustrations to a minimum.

No matter your holiday plans, I wish you all the best this Thanksgiving break. We have much to be thankful for. Regardless of the pains and obstacles of the past year, let’s celebrate the positives and God’s blessings.

Enjoy your family.

Enjoy your friends.

Enjoy the food.

Happy Thanksgiving.



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Bethany Jett

Bethany Jett loves sipping coffee and jamming in her planner while raising three boys with her college sweetheart Justin.

November 26, 2015

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